This isn’t the first time Shuggie Otis’ masterpiece, Inspiration Information, has been reissued — but that’s OK. It’s an album that absolutely deserves to be rediscovered every decade or so.
Released nearly 40 years ago, the album became Otis’ most acclaimed work, and also his last official release: Otis continued to work and play with other musicians, but a follow-up album has never materialized. In celebrating Inspiration Information‘s anniversary, Sony has re-released the album along with Wings of Love, a new compilation bringing together 25 years’ worth of unreleased material.
Read and listen to NPR’s Shuggie Otis report on “All Things Considered.”
Check out these Shuggie Otis photos from the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Photos by Jack Jefferies.
From Rolling Stone: This reissue pairs his metaphysically funky 1974 masterpiece, Inspiration Information, with a similarly spacey unreleased LP cut between 1975 and 2000 that positions this multi-instrumentalist as a missing link between Sly, Jimi, Stevie, Prince and Frank Ocean. Start with “Aht Uh Mi Hed,” a beatbox symphony so uplifting you may feel your feet leaving the ground. Four stars.
Read more at Rolling Stone.
Shuggie Otis will be playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival, taking place October 4-6 and October 11-13. Stay tuned for the official date Shuggie will be performing!